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Mini Shopping Mall Takes Top Prize in CANactions Youth Competition

Mini Shopping Mall Takes Top Prize in CANactions Youth Competition
Mini Shopping Mall Takes Top Prize in CANactions Youth Competition, Courtesy of Valentyn Sharovatov
Courtesy of Valentyn Sharovatov

The top prize in CANactions' 2014 Youth Competition has been awarded to Valentyn Sharovatov of Unika Architecture & Urbanism, for his "Extrasmall Shopping Mall", a design for a miniature shopping center on a tight site on Lviv. CANactions is Ukraine's largest architectural event, running since 2008.

The design by Sharovatov activates a neglected public square, using the draw of cafes and retail to regenerate this small corner of Lviv. More on the design after the break.

Courtesy of Valentyn Sharovatov
Courtesy of Valentyn Sharovatov

Located in a Historic area of the city, 20 minute's walk away from Lviv's central square, the square where the project is located is well designed and receives a lot of pedestrian traffic, but is under-utilized as a public space. The Extrasmall Shopping Mall has a cafe and flower shop on the ground floor, which is glazed on all sides.

The upper floors are enclosed by a perforated screen, and host retail space and a sloped room which can be used for film screenings and public discussions. On the roof level is a terrace and another cafe, providing additional public space to enliven the square.

Sectional Diagram. Image Courtesy of Valentyn Sharovatov
Sectional Diagram. Image Courtesy of Valentyn Sharovatov

On the square itself, new surfaces are added with improved seating and lighting.

  • Competition

    CANactions Youth Competition
  • Award

    Dessau Institute of Architecture Prize
  • Project Name

    Extrasmall Shopping Mall
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lviv, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine
  • Architect

    Valentyn Sharovatov
  • Project Year

    2014

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Cite: Rory Stott. "Mini Shopping Mall Takes Top Prize in CANactions Youth Competition" 11 Jun 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/514968/mini-shopping-mall-takes-top-prize-in-canactions-youth-competition/> ISSN 0719-8884
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